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  • Necessary Lies

  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Alison Elliott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,563

Best-selling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town 50 years ago, and the darkest - and most hopeful - places in the human heart. After losing her parents, 15-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister, and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm. As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness, and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give. When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Controversial story - great performance

  • By Marie on 05-26-15

Very good book!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I enjoyed this book a lot. Kept me interested the whole time. I like a good narrator. That’s what keeps me interested along with a good story.

  • Church of Lies

  • By: Paul T. Brown, Flora Jessop
  • Narrated by: Eve Bianco
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

"My name is Flora Jessop. I've been called apostate, vigilante, and crazy bitch, and maybe I am. But some people call me a hero, and I'd like to think they're right too. If I am a hero, maybe it's because every time I can play a part in saving a child or a woman from a life of servitude and degradation, I'm saving a little piece of me, too. was one of twenty-eight children born to my dad and his three wives."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique & raw story, best FLDS memoir

  • By Alexandra on 08-24-16

Captivating story!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-17

Educating and eye opening. Sad to know this actually is still happening to children and young adults this day and time by such an evil cult. Thank goodness this girl never gave up.

  • Scared Selfless

  • My Journey from Abuse and Madness to Surviving and Thriving
  • By: Michelle Stevens
  • Narrated by: Michelle Stevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

Michelle Stevens has a photo of the exact moment her childhood was stolen from her: She's only eight years old, posing for her mother's boyfriend, Gary Lundquist - an elementary school teacher, neighborhood stalwart, and brutal pedophile. Later that night Gary locks Michelle in a cage, tortures her repeatedly, and uses her to quench his voracious and deviant sexual whims. Little does she know that this will become her new reality for the next six years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Horrifically Needed (Some Stories Need To Be Told)

  • By Virginia on 03-30-17

Shocking but inspirational.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-17

I'm a little less trusting now after this book. With all the good people there sure are some monsters out there.

  • If You Find Me

  • By: Emily Murdoch
  • Narrated by: Tai Sammons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,865

Fourteen-year-old Carey and six-year-old Jenessa have lived in the woods with their mother for as long as they can remember. Now abandoned, they must fend for themselves - until they’re found by Carey’s father and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of comfort. Carey desperately wants to believe in this new reality but is held back by loyalty to her mentally ill mother, who gave Carey her violin and taught her to play the music that helps her survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I have ever listened to!

  • By Diane on 05-11-13

Great listen

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-16

Good story. Kept me interested. I found the narrator made the listening easy to relate to the story.

  • Silent Tears

  • A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage
  • By: Kay Bratt
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

When her family relocated to rural China in 2003, Kay Bratt was thrust into a new world, one where boys were considered more valuable than girls and poverty and the one-child policy had created an epidemic of abandoned infants. As a volunteer at a local orphanage, Bratt witnessed conditions that were unfathomable to a middle-class mother of two from South Carolina. Based on Bratt’s diary of her four years at the orphanage, Silent Tears offers a searing account of young lives rendered disposable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chinese children needing parents.

  • By Lana Lee Plum on 05-01-17

Good, but somewhat sad

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-16

I learned a lot from this book. Other cultures are so different than our ways here in the U.S. It takes a lot of courage and compassion to do what this lady did. God bless her.

  • Orphan Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,679

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

  • By Kathi on 04-03-13

Very touching story

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-16

One of the best stories yet that I've listened to. Told in such detail it was easy to picture and feel the characters lives throughout the story.

  • The Chance

  • A Novel
  • By: Karen Kingsbury
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699

Years ago, the day before Ellie moved from Georgia to California, she and her best friend, Nolan, sat beneath the Spanish moss of an ancient oak tree where they wrote letters to each other, and sealed them in a rusty old metal box. The plan was to return 11 years later and read them. But now, as that date arrives, much has changed. Ellie, bereft of the faith she grew up with, is a single mom living in a tired apartment trying to make ends meet. Sometimes she watches television to catch a glimpse of her old friend - Nolan, now an NBA star, whose terrible personal tragedies fueled his faith and athletic drive in equal measure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply emotional, well worth listening to again!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-06-13

Sweet story

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-16

Very touching and easy listen. Good characters and storyline that relates to life's ups and downs in relationships.

  • The Sister

  • By: Louise Jensen
  • Narrated by: Natalie Blass
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,674
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,358

Grace hasn't been the same since the death of her best friend, Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie's words the last time she saw her and, in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie's. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn't know about her best friend. When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie's father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie's sister, steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and her boyfriend Dan's home. But something isn't right.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great suspense with unsual twists, turns and spill

  • By green ice cream garden on 10-05-16

Intriguing

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-27-16

Great mystery type story. A bit confusing at times with the now and then chapters but it kept me interested.
Very well narrated.

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  • Classic Ghost Stories

  • By: Saland Publishing
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Three classic Ghost stories originally recorded for radio in the 1930s and performed by Inner Sanctum.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult to hear

  • By Kathi on 08-03-12

Nostalgic

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-16

Truely old fashioned suspense. Fun listen. Reminds me of the old black and white tv show.

  • Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child

  • By: Cathy Glass
  • Narrated by: Denica Fairman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 256

Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass. At the Social Services office, Cathy (an experienced foster carer) is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement. Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen off five carers in four months. Despite her reservations, Cathy decides to take on Jodie to protect her from being placed in an institution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good book

  • By Manuela Hernandez on 10-11-18

Eye opening

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-16

Not exactly a feel good book but I found it interesting and informative. It made me feel a little depressed that such evil could and does exist and abuse innocent children. Also thankful for patient loving people like Cathy that dedicate themselves to helping in every way they can.